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Episode 155 – Ground Zero


The X-Files: Ground Zero by Kevin J. Anderson

Flashback Summer 2020 draws to an end with a return to the 90s, which contains within it a return to the 1940s. Our mysterious guest M joined us to read Ground Zero by Kevin J. Anderson, an X-Files tie-in novel. Come along with us on an X-File unbound by the production costs of a weekly television show, as Mulder and Scully suddenly gain the jurisdiction to investigate nuclear ghosts in glamorous locations like Hawaii, the Marshall Islands, and New Mexico. Be advised, it’s going to take awhile to download this episode over the dialup connection from your clunky government-issue laptop.

Readers advisoryHere.

Footnotes: “How the Owl Bar’s Green Chile Cheeseburgers Fueled the Atom Bomb Scientists” by Robyn Lee

Fanfiction 101

Candy Pairing:  Kait says Dunkaroos, M says malted milk balls, Renata says sunflower seeds.

Coming up next: The X-Files Origins: Devil’s Advocate by Jonathan Maberry.

 

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Episode 154 – Redwall

Redwall by Brian Jacques

In an extremely exciting Flashback Summer, we were joined by S. Jae-Jones (aka JJ, aka the New York Times-bestselling author of Wintersong and Shadowsong) to read Redwall by Brian Jacques! Well, it was exciting to talk to JJ. The book itself was…less exciting, although it did raise some questions about how the food chain works in the world of Redwall. Listen on your next journey by horse cart–quickly, before horses get redacted!

Readers advisoryHere.

Footnotes: Redwall FAQ

Definitive Redwall Body Count

A Complete Redwall Feast Adapted For Your Kitchen

Overdue #307 – Redwall

XKCD #370 – Redwall

Candy Pairing:  JJ says candied chestnuts, Kait says trail mix,  Renata says #herbs.

Coming up next: The X-Files: Ground Zero by Kevin J. Anderson.

 

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Episode 152 – Mallory and the Trouble With Twins

Mallory and the Trouble With Twins by Ann M. Martin

Say hello to your friends! As Flashback Summer continues, we revisited the small, child-friendly town of Stoneybrook. We read Mallory and the Trouble With Twins by Ann M. Martin with returning guest Liz. Join us on a walk around the mall (remember malls?), where we discuss ear piercing, afterschool snacks, and the moral fortitude it takes to identify as a Mallory.

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Footnotes: Episode #53 – Baby-Sitters Club

Book Recommendations Based On Your Favorite Babysitters From The Baby-Sitters Club by Alison Doherty

Robin Sparkles – Let’s All Go To the Mall

Cobie Smulders – Let’s All Stay at Home

The Baby-Sitters Club Is a Welcome Surprise and Utter Delight 

Candy Pairing:  Kait says candy buttons, Liz says a Twix, Renata says a mall pretzel.

Coming up next: Freeze Tag by Caroline B. Cooney.

 

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Readers Advisory: Episode 152 – Mallory and the Trouble With Twins

Here’s what we suggest instead of/in addition to reading Mallory and the Trouble With Twins by Ann M. Martin. Listen to the podcast to hear us talk about some of these titles in more depth!

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Episode 151 – The Black Stallion Revolts

The Black Stallion Revolts by Walter Farley

Flashback Summer is off to the races! Well, kind of. We eventually got to the races after a long slog through the wilderness. We read The Black Stallion Revolts by Walter Farley with returning guest Carrie. It’s the classic story of a horse and a horse boy. And a crime boy. Well, we’re still waiting for the fingerprint analysis to exonerate the crime boy. Listening to this episode might just cure your amnesia!

Readers advisoryHere.

Footnotes: Episode #75 – The Saddle Club

I Don’t Even Own a Television #156 – The Danger (Dick Francis series)

Blank Check: War Horse

When Aliens Join Your Horse Fantasy: Walter Farley’s The Island Stallion Races” by Judith Tarr

Animal House horse scene

Cat trots like a horse

Candy Pairing:  Carrie says spice drops, Kait says oats, Renata says GORP.

Coming up next: Mallory and the Trouble With Twins by Ann M. Martin.

 

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Episode 150 – Flashback Summer Super-Special

It’s our 150th episode, and to kick off our 4th Flashback Summer, we asked to hear from you, our listeners. We loved hearing about everyone’s childhood favorite books and sharing a little bit about ours.

Thanks: to Andrew and Craig of Overdue, Alan, Red, JJ (aka S. Jae-Jones, author of Wintersong and other books), Ashley R., Liz J., Genevieve, Devin, Kathryn and Melissa of Truer Words, Madelyn, Lucy, Nora, Imogen, Joyce, Hallie, Sarah Mirk (author of Guantanamo Voices and other books), April, Megan, Ashley K., Meredith Goldstein (Love Letters columnist and author of Chemistry Lessons and other books), Danielle, Meagan, Liz H., Courtney Summers (author of Sadie and other books), Celia, Emma, Rebecca Mahoney (author of The Valley and the Flood), Jess, Josie, Payge, Laura, Ben, Kellie, and Collision & J.W. of I Don’t Even Own a Television for their contributions, and extra thanks to our editor Becca for putting all of these clips together! And thanks to all of you for listening!

Congratulations: to our Flashback Summer raffle winners: Emma, Josie, Joyce, and Madelynn!

Notes: This episode was recorded and assembled weeks ago and contains no references to current events. But we would like to take a moment here to affirm that Black Lives Matter.

Full list of titles referenced in this episode below this cut:

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Flashback Summer Featuring…You?

Hi Best Listeners!

We’re coming up on another Flashback Summer, where we revisit the books of our childhood with a (generally) fondly nostalgic eye. We’re also coming up on our 150th episode, which we’d like to mark by inviting all of our lovely listeners to join us for a Flashback Summer party. Here’s how:

  • Record yourself telling us your name, where you’re from, a little something about your favorite book from childhood, whether it’s something ubiquitous like the Babysitters Club or something more obscure. You can give a plot summary or just tell us about a favorite character or moment that stuck with you. Try to keep it short, 1-2 minutes. You can use the voice memo app on your phone, recording software on your computer–whatever you’re comfortable with!
  • For bonus points, please tell us a candy pairing for your book, whether it’s your childhood favorite or something that somehow encapsulates the spirit of your book.
  • Email this audio file to worstbestsellers at gmail dot com with the subject line “Flashback Summer.” If it’s too big to be attached to an email, you can upload it to Dropbox or GoogleDrive and send us that link (just make sure you give us permission to download it!).
  • Try to make your recording as clear as possible–if it’s too hard to hear, we might not be able to include it in the episode. We’d like to include as many as we can!
  • Send these in by Monday, May 4th, 2020.

 

To make this a little more interesting, your Flashback Summer voice memo will also serve as an entry into a prize raffle. We’ll send out some books and candy to a few randomly selected Flashbackers!

If you have any questions also feel free to email us or reach out on social media. 

Thanks for joining us for 145 episodes (so far)!

 

Love,

Kait, Renata, and Duarte

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Episode 130 – Dealing With Dragons

Dealing With Dragons by Patricia Wrede

As Flashback Summer draws to a close for another year, our friend Kelsey joined us to return to a feminist favorite: Dealing With Dragons by Patricia C. Wrede. The three of us all loved this book as tweens and were thrilled to report that it holds up. Listen to this episode while cleaning your dragon’s cave.

Readers advisoryHere.

Footnotes: The Problem of the Improper Princess by Catherine Nichols

Candy Pairing:  Kait says mini Twix bars, Kelsey says cherries jubilee, Renata says lemon drops.

Coming up next: Dora and the Lost City of Gold junior novel by Steve Behling.

 

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Episode 129 – Rotten Romans (Horrible Histories series)

The Rotten Romans by Terry Deary and Martin Brown

For this installment of Flashback Summer, we flashed way back to ancient Rome. We read The Rotten Romans from the Horrible Histories series by Terry Deary & Martin Brown with returning guest, librarian Laura. It’s a whimsically British look at history with some cartoons that remain inscrutable, even to the eyes of adult Americans with history degrees. This podcast is only available in English, because Latin is a dead language (RIP).

Readers advisoryHere.

Footnotes: Ancient Roman Readers Advisory sent by listener Lydia

Ecce Romani memes

Our Fake History podcast

Sawbones podcast

Candy Pairing:  Kait says Fig Newtons, Laura says chocolate, Renata says no thank you.

Coming up next: Dealing With Dragons by Patricia Wrede.

 

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Episode 128 – Pickle Puss (Polk Street School)

Pickle Puss by Patricia Reilly Giff

Flashback Summer continues with a trip to the Polk Street School, where the kids aren’t alright. Becca joined us to read Pickle Puss by Patricia Reilly Giff, an early chapter book about how not to run a summer reading program or care for a pet. Listen to this episode on your way to deceive your local librarian!

Readers advisoryHere.

Footnotes: Endangered Series: The Kids of Polk Street School.

Candy Pairing:  Becca says melted Hershey’s kisses, Kait says sugar free hard candy, Renata says Scandinavian Swimmers.

Coming up next: Rotten Romans (Horrible Histories series) by Terry Deary & Martin Brown.

 

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